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Quebec Women and Legislative Representation

Women represent a slight majority of Quebec's population, yet they continue to occupy a minority of seats in its National Assembly and in Canada's House of Commons and Senate. To explain why this is, Manon Tremblay examines Quebec women's political engagements from 1791 to the present. She traces the path that led to women obtaining the rights to vote and run for office and then draws on statistics and interviews with female politicians to paint an in-depth portrait of women's under-representation and its main causes. Her innovative account not only documents the significant democratic deficit in Canada's parliamentary systems, it also outlines strategies to improve women's access to legislative representation in Canada and elsewhere.

272 pages

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword / Sylvia Bashevkin
Preface and Acknowledgments

1 The Rights to Vote and to Eligibility: Full Access to Citizenship for Quebec Women?
2 Why Does Women’s Representation in the Legislative Spaces of Quebec Not Match Their Demographic Weight?
3 Quebec Women in Legislatures: What Identity and What Ideas?
4 Increasing the Numbers of Women in Quebec's Legislative Spaces?


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